What do fried plantains, island wood carvings and Globe University-Wausau veterinary technology students have in common? You could find all three at the first annual Caribbean Market held recently on the beautiful 400 block in downtown Wausau.
There was authentic food and music as well as vendors with goods for sale (spices, baskets, fabric, scarves and artwork.) In addition, the event also hosted numerous children’s activities from bracelet weaving to making beaded key chains to face painting.
The event was hosted by The Good News Project of Wausau. They are a nonprofit that serves “to provide opportunities for short-term direct personal service; to deliver humanitarian supplies and support to the underprivileged in the West Indies; and to serve the communities of north-central Wisconsin.”
Two of Globe University-Wausau’s veterinary technology students volunteered for the event and helped out with the children activities in arts and crafts.
Jayne Bloomer helped out with animal creations made out of recycled calendars. “I met so many people, just enjoying the sunshine and the smiles on those children’s faces after they finished making a rainbow fish, a butterfly, or even a turtle,” Jayne said.
April Schulz was also on hand to help in the children’s area. “I was surprised at the number of children who stopped by to make a beaded animal keychain,” she said. “I also really enjoyed the live music.”
Both of the students had a great time not only enjoying the unique cultural event but also finding a way to get involved in the community. “I enjoyed the experience and would suggest that if everyone has a chance to volunteer for the Good News Project they do so,” Jayne said. “It was truly a day I will not forget.”
Written by Veterinary Technology Program Chair Stephanie Daniels